American singing sensation Leann Rimes is planning to team up with British boyband BLUE - in an attempt to crack the UK market.

The CAN'T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT star is keen to record the duet before the end of the year (03) as she reckons the ONE LOVE crooners will help her to the top of the British charts.

And Blue would get massive exposure in America in return when the single is released there - something that has eluded them since Lee Ryan's insensitive comments following the 11 September (01) terrorist attacks.

An insider says, "(LeAnn)'s flying over late this year and is determined to get Blue in the studio.

"Leann asked her people to come up with a list of potential collaborators. Then she listened to a load of stuff and plumped for Blue.

"It's just like when Mariah Carey teamed up with Westlife."

30/07/2003 14:03